10 best podcast apps for Android
Podcasts appear to be making a comeback as a primary source of news gathering in the Internet age. It’s a great way to listen to experts talk about the topics that interest you, and it’s relatively easy to find great podcasts. Plus, you can find a ton of entertainment podcasts where they tell stories, tell jokes, and there are even documentary podcasts that dive deep into specific topics. You can literally find a podcast for just about any topic you can think of. If you are a fan of podcasting and looking for a new podcast app, here are the best podcast apps for Android.
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Most of the apps on this list are podcast apps that let you download or stream your favorite podcasts. We thought we would include at least one app that will help you create them yourself. Anchor is a podcast platform that offers unlimited hosting. The app allows you to record audio, publish it to various places like iTunes and Google Podcasts, and import audio from other devices for download. It’s a neat premise with a business model that wants you to be successful so you and Anchor can make money. The app and hosting are free, however, and it’s not an advertisement or anything, so give it a try if you want to start your own podcast.
Price: Free / up to $ 1.99
Castbox is one of the few free podcast apps. It has a collection of over a million cleaned podcasts from places like iTunes and others. The app also includes support for 70 languages, language learning podcasts, support for Chromecast, support for Amazon Echo, and more. It also includes cloud sync for multiple device support. The free version comes with everything and is ad-free. In-app purchases are essentially optional.
Price: $ 2.99
DoggCatcher is one of the oldest podcast apps. However, the app receives frequent updates. It currently supports things like Android Wear, Android Auto, and Chromecast. Plus, it has a huge podcast library, playlist support, variable speed playback, themes, and various automation and customization features. The app even has Material Design. You must pay $ 2.99 in advance. However, there are no ads or additional in-app purchases.
Google does to its podcast selection what it did to its messaging selection. There are currently three different platforms for Google podcasts. The first is Google Podcasts. It’s a fairly standard podcast app with playback speed controls and the ability to skip segments of silence. Google Play Music is Google’s current music streaming service and it also supports podcasts. Finally, many people download daily or weekly shows, podcasts, and similar material from YouTube. Google Podcasts is the easiest and free option, so this is the one we recommend first. He had a rough start, but it’s working a lot better now.
Price: Free / $ 0.99 per month / $ 9.99 per year
Pocket Casts was one of the simpler recommendations of any app listings we have here at Android Authority. He’s still an outstanding podcast player, but it’s not quite the easy recommendation that it used to be. The app has a great user interface, good discoverability features, some features for power users, and even some customization features like themes. It was a premium app in its day. However, not long ago it took the subscription route, so it’s hard to recommend it to your average podcast listener as podcasts are usually free and this developer charges monthly. That’s a lot if you live and breathe podcasts, but those who only listen to occasional podcasts would be better served with something that doesn’t cost money every month.
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Price: Free / up to $ 9.99
Podbean is a fairly popular podcast app and it works pretty well. It has a metric ton of podcasts organized into different categories. You can subscribe, stream, download and listen at your leisure. It also comes with lock screen controls, various audio effects, Chromecast support, Android Auto support, and integration with Amazon Alexa. This means you can use it virtually anywhere. A few Google Play reviews had a few bones to choose from, but we didn’t notice anything terrible in our testing.
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Price: Free / $ 2.99
Podcast Addict is one of the most popular free podcast apps. It contains a huge library of podcasts, audiobooks, live radio, and more. It even supports YouTube and Twitch channels. The app also offers variable playback speed, skip silence options, Chromecast support, and SONOS support. The UI looks a bit old, but it works great with tons of options for playlists, reading, and organizing. The app is free, but it also contains advertising. There is an optional pro version for $ 2.99 in the Google Play Store if you want to remove the ads.
Price: Free / $ 2.99
Podcast Go is one of the upcoming podcast apps. It offers the basics like downloading podcast episodes, variable speed playback, sleep timers, and more. It also has a delicious design with Material Design. The app offers more than 300,000 podcasts available. You can search or browse as you like and subscribe. Otherwise, it’s a pretty basic experience. The app is free with advertising. You can pay $ 2.99 to remove the ads. You can use this for free as part of a Google Play Pass subscription if you use it.
Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month
Spotify is one of the best and most popular music streaming services in the world. He also started making podcasts in early 2016. There aren’t many podcasts available compared to something like iTunes (which most other podcast apps use for their libraries) but we have no doubts that the number of podcasts available will skyrocket over time. You can download and use the service for free as long as you don’t mind some audio ads, or you can shell out $ 9.99 / month for the full ad-free experience. If you’re already using Spotify, there will likely come a time when a second podcast app is redundant.
Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month
TuneIn Radio is one of the best radio apps. It mainly focuses on live radio. However, the app also includes podcasts, audiobooks, radio stations (AM and FM), and even live sporting events. Podcast owners must make their podcasts available for this one. It doesn’t do things like clean iTunes for podcast content. Otherwise, it’s a very useful podcast app. The premium membership gives you access to NFL, MLB, and other live sports games, as well as other features. We might not recommend it as a standalone podcast app. However, those who like to listen to radio shows from other platforms as well may find this one better than a simple classic podcast app.
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